Lauded for her clarity and elegance on the podium, Chia-Hsuan Lin has shared her talents in many diverse musical settings throughout the world. Ms. Lin continues her second season as Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony and as Music Director of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2017. Her ’16-’17 season featured sold-out concerts in the RSO’s Metro Collection Series and “The Genius of John Williams” pops show, and a crowd of 10,700 for Henrico County’s “Red, White, and Lights” Independence Day celebration.
“[Ms. Lin] moves with the command and energy of a soccer star,” wrote Larry Hayes (former editor, Journal Gazette) in his 2016 review of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s highest-attend Masterworks subscription concert in the last decade, featuring Ms. Lin at the helm. Appointed as assistant conductor to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in 2014, Ms. Lin directed family, ballet, pops, education, and community concerts all around the North Indiana region. Lin has since returned to conduct a Chamber Orchestra subscription concert, Messiah, and “Patriotic Pops” to a record audience of over 7,000 at Parkview Field.
Lin was a featured guest in Classical Revolution RVA’s Mozart Festivals in 2016 and 2017, conducting and sharing orchestral music in innovative, non-traditional venues. Ms. Lin conducted the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra as one of three young talents chosen for the Emerging Conductor Program in 2014. In the same year, Ms. Lin conducted Mark Adamo’s Little Women at Northwestern University, reflecting her great passion for vocal and contemporary works. She was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Previously, she led the 2012 Mainstage Opera production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the University of Cincinnati, where she also served as music director of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and later participated in the 2012 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California. In celebration of the Taiwanese premiere of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Ms. Lin returned to Taipei in 2011 to conduct the Academy of Taiwan Strings and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus for a lecture series by conductor and Bach scholar Helmuth Rilling. In the summer of 2011, she traveled to Italy to serve as Assistant Conductor of Opera at the CCM Spoleto Music Festival.
Ms. Lin first received musical training as a pianist in Taiwan at age three. At age nine, she began studies as a percussionist and later performed with the renowned Taipei Percussion Group from 2003 to 2010. Ms. Lin received her undergraduate degree in percussion and graduate degree in conducting from National Taiwan Normal University, where she studied with Apo Hsu. Under the tutelage of Mark Gibson, she earned a graduate degree at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, and in 2012, Ms. Lin received the Foreign Study Award for Music from the Taiwan Education Bureau to begin her doctoral degree with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University.
Ms. Lin has attended masterclasses and workshops with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Romanian Royal Camerata, as well as with conductors Günther Herbig, Jorma Panula, Imre Palló, Steven Smith, Helmuth Rilling, Gábor Hollerung, Mei-Ann Chen, Harold Farberman, Markand Thakar, Israel Yinon, and Douglas Bostock.